Published: Fri, August 30, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Soyuz rocket carrying Russian robot docks with space station

Soyuz rocket carrying Russian robot docks with space station

Russian spacecraft carrying humanoid robot successfully docked at International Space station (ISS) on Monday night, informed National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa).

The lifesize robotic known as Fedor copies human actions and can assist astronauts perform duties remotely.

A statement from the Russian space agency Roscosmos said the failure to dock on Saturday Aug. 24, 2019, was because of problems in the docking system, but didn't give details.

"Contact confirmed, capture confirmed", a commentator on NASA TV said.

"Second time was a charm... the crew is up to seven", he stated, referring to the six people already aboard the area station.

The Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft is pictured during it's approach.

A discontinued endeavor to land on Saturday had escalated unpredictability over the future of Russia's space program which has encountered a number of contemporary complications.

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"The docking has taken place", said the Mission Control Centre.

Tuesday's attempt to dock with the space station, however, was successful.

Russian flight controllers had told the ISS crew it appeared the problem that prevented automated docking was in the station and not the spacecraft, NASA added.

Robots like Fedor will eventually carry out risky operations such as spacewalks, according to the Russian space agency. It is a life-sized, artificially intelligent robot and the first humanoid robot sent to space by Russian Federation.

The robot, called Fedor, sent out a tweet upon arriving saying: "Sorry about the delay". In 2011, NASA despatched up Robonaut 2, a humanoid developed with Common Motors that had the same intention of working in high-risk environments.

This is the first use of a robot in this capacity by Rocosmos, and Skybot will remain at the ISS for around two weeks before it heads back to Earth.

The Worldwide Area Station has been orbiting Earth at about 28,000 kilometres per hour (17,000 miles per hour) since 1998.

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